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Chicken Reef Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Rottnest Island, Australia)

Today's Chicken Reef sea temperature is 18.6 °C.

Statistics for 04 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 18.6 °C, range: 17.4 °C to 19.9 °C

The water temperature (18 °C) at Chicken Reef is relatively warm. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a summer wetsuit. Effective air temperature of 18 °C.

Australia Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Australia
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Australia Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Australia
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Chicken Reef. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Chicken Reef Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Chicken Reef sea water temperatures peak in the range 22 to 23°C (72 to 73°F) on around the 1st of March and are at their coldest on about the 10th of September, in the range 17 to 20°C (63 to 68°F). Chicken Reef sea water temperatures are always warm reach their highest at the beginning of March. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The coldest Chicken Reef sea water temperatures in early to mid September require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Chicken Reef can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Chicken Reef. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.